In episode 238 of the weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked some clarifications on fake GMBs and verifications.
The exact question was:
And could you please help me understand something you mentioned. I thought you said that if you create a “”fake”” new GMB listing the address has to be verified at the time or it won't be published. I thought that Google only looked at stuff like that if you tried to create it and then “”claim”” it? . . . . . . . Thanks again (smile)